Fill'Er Up (Less Often)
The average American drives about 13,500 miles each year — or at least did before the coronavirus lockdown changed everything. Travel restrictions brought a surge in the purchase of RVs and second cars for road trips and commutes, and gas prices fell to historic lows that have now been fully reversed: prices at the pump are up 42.1% from a year ago, according to the Labor Department, and topping $4 in California and parts of the Pacific Northwest.
All of this means fuel efficiency remains critical. Squeezing more miles out of every gallon means you'll spend less money on fuel while conserving a limited natural resource and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that play a role in climate change. Cheapism has identified several ways drivers can get more miles to the gallon.